Sri Lankan Cricket and BCCI's relationship rupture complete

For quiet some time now, it has been apparent that Sri Lankan Cricket establishment was breaking away from the cloying clutches of the BCCI.
In what appears to be the final nail in the coffin, Sri Lanka has lifted the ban on ICL players. As of today they are allowed to play in the domestic torunaments.
It is universally known that ICL is anethema to the BCCI and this move is sure to result in complete break down of cricketing ties between India and Sri Lanka.


Anonymous scorpicity said...

all right, this move confirms things.. tunga's famed ego on a direct collision course... only this time from hence forth BCCI will not give him a by-runner every time he huffs and puffs.

19/09/2008, 13:11  
Anonymous scorpicity said...

And otts... you surely drink boost all day long. How in the world do you manage to post so much in a day and then go about reading other blogs?

Come on out and spill the beans. tell us the secret to your blogging energy.

19/09/2008, 13:28  
Blogger Straight Point said...

yes scorpy in next week or so we will see OTT completing unique feat of completing 1000 posts...can you imagine!!

great going OTT!!

gong back to post...there is very thin line between stupidity and false bravery...and SLC is going to realize it very soon...is i know sharad pawar well...

btw do you think this decision can work as catalyst for other boards too...

next in line nzc lifting ban on shane bond...and sa on nel?

is there something brewing here...

19/09/2008, 14:21  
Blogger Naked Cricket said...


19/09/2008, 14:57  
Blogger Ottayan said...


It is not only tunga's ego, there is an undercurrent we are missing.

19/09/2008, 15:01  
Blogger Ottayan said...


Nothing like that Scorpi, I take a break every hour from my work and surf for say 10 minutes.

BTW, it is possible only because I rarely off line.

Just indulging my passion.:)

19/09/2008, 15:04  
Blogger Ottayan said...


Thank you. Lets hope I write something useful once in while.

As I was saying my earlier comment, I thing it is not as simple as it seems, because Sri Lanka will surely lose a lot and yet they are riling BCCI.

What gives I wonder?

19/09/2008, 15:06  
Blogger Ottayan said...


ECB ahoy!

19/09/2008, 15:07  
Blogger John said...

This is a good sign. Might be that very soon, the ICC and BCCI positions on the ICL might not be very similar.

Also, who knows what a power shift in the BCCI might bring for the ICL?

Ottayan is a machine.

19/09/2008, 16:15  
Blogger Ottayan said...


I agree with you that this is how it should be. There should be no discrimination between cricketers.

I doubt whether a power shift will change equations as it was Dalmiya's doing which irked Zee.

Machine? :)

19/09/2008, 16:21  
Blogger Ravindran said...

Srilanka cricket Board may get the life ban from BCCI.
Who r the sl players in ICL . I remember Attapattu and Arnold.

19/09/2008, 20:12  
Blogger Ottayan said...



19/09/2008, 20:22  
Blogger Ravindran said...

Another step towards split in world cricket. That it came from Srilankan Board is the surprise element. One fails to understand the grouse they have against ICC. THey may not admit it but it is clearly a challenge to ICC to bite the gun. Lets see what the other governing boards do. Interesting days are in store for the cric world.

19/09/2008, 22:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shocker that it was Sri Lanka. I was expecting it to be ECB. Perhaps they play better games at this. But this was bound to happen and is good for cricket in general. I'd like to see Shane Bond back in action and NZ winning something (not against us though). :)

I've also wondered Ott, how you manage this many posts per day - each one crackers, that too. I can't seem to make five days in a row, one post per day.


19/09/2008, 22:52  
Blogger Homer said...

I think careful attention has to be paid to Duleep Mendis' words on this matter.

Also, all of the cricketers whose bans have been revoked have retired from the game and therefore stand no chance of selection .. Its a poke in the BCCI's eye without any cost to the SLC..

The real fun will begin when someone like Warnapura or Jehan Mubarak decide to switch over to the ICL because of a lack of opportunities in the SL team..

Or if Thilanga Sumathipala decides to float a new outfit along the lines of the ICL in direct conflict with the SLC.


19/09/2008, 23:48  
Blogger SLOGGER said...

This is interesting, Sri-Lanka for that matter so is Pakistan and Bangladesh don’t like Big Brother sitting on top. Before I start rambling, I for one also believe that the ban on players involved in ICL should be lifted, but the issue here is not about the ban. It’s about Sri Lankan board lifting its ban on these players at this juncture?

Almost every Sri Lankan player involved in ICL are retired, so this action by Sri Lankan board is not for the benefit of cricket nor its players. It’s just to poke the big brother and see how he reacts. Cricket boards from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be bankrupt by now if not for BCCI. So wonder what BCCI will do. If I am betting man, I would see BCCI offering an olive branch to Sri Lankan. May be they want revenue sharing as in Baseball (in America). All teams get some money irrespective of their market or performance. So Colombo Lions may be around the corner…

If BCCI does that, then they are stupid. Until now I thought Lalit Modi is smart cut throat business man, so if I were him I will nail them and make them come back begging.

20/09/2008, 00:08  
Blogger Ottayan said...

ECB is definitely working on a divide and rule policy. I wonder why SLC is following in ECB's wake.

20/09/2008, 05:22  
Blogger Ottayan said...


Lifting the ban is a welcome decision. However, if SLC has done it to spite BCCI or the ICC then it is another instance of administrators using players.

Thanks for your kind words about my blogging frequency.


20/09/2008, 05:29  
Blogger Ottayan said...

Agree with you Homer that lifting this ban is just a gesture.

Gotta say that ICL has seen a remarkable turnaround in its fortunes.

20/09/2008, 05:32  
Blogger Ottayan said...


This is an attempt to arm twist BCCI. Remember the carefully orchestrated comments from the SLC officials and also Mahela.

They want something from IPL.

However, one question arises is whether SLC is getting any money from ICL?

20/09/2008, 05:36  
Blogger Homer said...


The ICL is a loss making concern...And, in the wake of the IPL, there will be big question marks over its long term sustainability...

Should be an interesting couple of months :)


20/09/2008, 09:17  
Blogger Ottayan said...

Agree Homer. How do you look at the sustainability of IPL?

20/09/2008, 10:12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Havent a couple of franchises already broken even ?

And with merchandising coming into play from Year 2, odds are that atleast a couple of franchises will show a profit..


21/09/2008, 12:19  

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